Michael Tyous was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. He comes to H*Art Gallery through the AIM Center, where he has been making art since 2014. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 24, and most of his symptoms are managed with medication. His active involvement with the art program at AIM is a release for him and helps to calm the voices in his head and improve his mood. He is inspired by nature and influenced by Japanese culture. He loves to draw and paint animals and has also been experimenting with creating three-dimensional pieces with paper and cardboard.